Children and teenagers die from catastrophic injuries more than from any other cause. Unintentional injuries far outstrip other causes of death for young Americans, leading to approximately 9,000 deaths per year. And for every death, many more children are sent to the emergency room with a serious concern.
Catastrophic injuries can not only be life-threatening events, but they can also be a source of enormous financial burdens. Treatment costs for the most serious injuries will undoubtedly be highest in the first year, but many injuries can be a significant financial strain for the rest of the child’s life.
If your child has suffered a catastrophic injury as a result of another person’s negligence, you’re going to need an experienced lawyer to help you cover the medical costs. Chris Roy has been working on cases like yours since 1989. You don’t have to go it alone. Contact us online or call us at 318.487.9537 today.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
According to an article published by the International Journal of Preventive Medicine, the top five causes of unintentional injury are traffic accidents, drowning, poisoning, burns, and falls. In nonfatal accidents, the most common types of injury are fractures (broken bones), joint injuries, muscle injuries, open wounds, and internal organ injuries.
The most common form of car accident injury is whiplash. This happens when the impact of an accident jerks the child’s head forward and backward extremely quickly, straining the neck ligaments. Most cases of whiplash resolve themselves over time, but a serious neck injury can lead to permanent spinal damage, which could lead to paralysis.
Leg and Knee Injuries
These injuries happen when parts of a vehicle are damaged, putting pressure on the lower body. This could mean simply scraping or bruising, but there is also the potential that your child’s legs or knees could be badly crushed.
Broken bones are always serious injuries. Emergency care is generally called for in these cases. The most severe broken bones are called compound fractures—injuries where the bone actually pierces the skin and sticks out from the rest of the body.
Cost of Care for a Catastrophically Injured Child
The financial and emotional costs of a catastrophic injury can overwhelm a family. The emotional costs go deep, and they can never be measured. But the financial costs can be measured, and they are extensive.
Costs of care will, of course, vary from injury to injury, but the average cost of care for severe unintentional injuries ranges from $516,938 to $9,550,704 per year. It hardly needs to be stated that these costs are far beyond the means of the vast majority of families.
Medical treatment will be most expensive during the first year, but lifetime costs for a severe spinal injury can add up to $4,729,788 for an adult injured at the age of 25. Naturally, the total lifetime costs will be higher for children than adults, but these figures can give you an idea of the magnitude of costs involved when a child receives a catastrophic injury.
What to do if Your Child is Injured
If your child is injured, the first thing to do is secure proper medical treatment. Make sure your child is well taken care of, and ensure that he or she receives the best care possible.
But after that’s happened, it’s crucial that you come up with a plan to face the financial realities of your new situation. If your child’s been injured, medical treatment is necessary, and the costs of that medical treatment can go far beyond anything that most families can afford. It will probably be necessary for you to seek legal help.
If someone else’s negligence caused the injury in question, you probably have a good chance of winning a case for negligence.
An experienced lawyer can help you plan a case to come up with the funds you need to take care of your child and give you support during this difficult time.
Chris J. Roy, Jr. APLC has been serving the people of Louisiana from its Alexandria office since 1989. We handle a variety of cases, and look forward to addressing your legal needs. For almost three decades, Chris Roy and his firm have been defending and filing claims for individuals hurt in accidents, and we have the knowledge, experience and resources to help you. If you have questions or would like to set up a consultation, contact us online or call us at 318.487.9537.
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